Capricorn 30° A secret business conference ~ OPPORTUNITY

“Be sure to read the memo.”

Capricorn 30° A secret business conference ~ OPPORTUNITY

You did, right? You did read the memo. Ok, just making sure. I mean, times are pretty tough right now. Sometimes these memos slip through the cracks. Sometimes we miss an important message because we tend to focus on the negative. We do that–most of us… We tend to heap burning coals on our own backs for the most part. Why? Heck, I don’t know. Human nature, I guess. But the thing is, we also get to a point where we stop and ask, “What’s going on here! Is life really supposed to be so damned miserable?!” And that’s when we realize that it isn’t life that is miserable; it’s us. And so, we then realize, we must be missing something.

Uncrumpled and for your eyes only

So, here it is. A friend passed it forward to me. I uncrumpled it for me–and for you–so we could see what the big secret is all about. Read it a few times. No, it doesn’t belong to someone else; it’s definitely for you. Me too. It’s ours. Please read. We’ve simply got to show up at the meeting with the right information beforehand–the stuff in the memo.

We’ve got what it takes

Please, just sign your signature to it  and give it your stamp of approval. I’ll see you at the meeting!

Michael Bublé – Haven’t Met You Yet

“Be sure to read the memo.” Saijin

Photo credit: Brett Poe

Capricorn 29° A woman reading tea leaves ~ SIGNATURE

“Enticing invitations.”

Capricorn 29° A woman reading tea leaves ~ SIGNATURE

More than anything else, Sam Berns lived. His advice: “Never miss a party if you can help it.” Sam passed on January 11, 2014. Here is a documentary about Sam Berns, a young man who grew up (aged) way too quickly. He is one of a small number of children–around 250–globally, with the rare disease, progeria.

You’re invited!

I would recommend verification of who is sending the invite. Nowadays you never can tell. What with identify theft and scammers everywhere you turn. As the old adage says: If it sounds too good to be true it probably is.

Life is difficult, Scott M. Peck, says in the opening line of his book, The Road Less Traveled. And Sam Berns, as well as his parents, show us that invitations “to life” are not always a party in the making. They are a life in the making. And their advice is passion, commitment, dedication, perseverance, maturity, tenacity… So, check your own signature before you embark on life’s big party invitation. Be prepared.

Fool me once, shame on you
Fool me twice, shame on me

On the other hand, if you can be fooled, then you need to be fooled. Why? Because no one gets off this planet without growing up. And, if at first you don’t succeed, then thanks to reincarnation, you can have as many go-rounds as you need. Take your time or get on with it.

Let’s make a deal

Here’s one that perhaps you can’t refuse. And if that’s the case, then go for it with gusto. Just keep in mind that if things don’t turn out the way you figured they would, then there’s a damned good lesson there to be learned. Learn it and then move on. To not do so will prolong the suffering and maybe even lead to insanity.

Once is enough

This isn’t an easy phase for any of us, but once you’ve been there and done it–if you are wise–it will have been enough to grasp the concept: You can’t get something from nothing.

ID’s checked at the door

Watch your signatures and make sure you’ve got what it takes. If you don’t, here’s where you’ll learn more about that. If you do, well then, the future’s so bright you better wear shades!

Take a Seat – Make a Friend?

“Enticing invitations.” Saijin

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Capricorn 28° A large aviary ~ COMMUNITY

“Sufficient unto themselves.”

Capricorn 28° A large aviary ~ COMMUNITY

“Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line.” —Mandelbrot, in his introduction to The Fractal Geometry of Nature

Defies easy understanding

Today’s septenary speaks of things that are difficult, but not impossible to measure—things that don’t defer to our normal methods of understanding or measuring them. Perhaps you have experienced this in astrology—some unlikely relationship that works well but defies the charts of the two involved. The synastry just isn’t there. Something else is, you just haven’t looked deeply enough. Today’s septenary is for just such occasion!

The Mandelbrot

Benoit B. Mandelbrot (20 November 1924 – 14 October 2010) was a Polish-born, French and American mathematician, noted for developing a “theory of roughness” and “self-similarity” in nature and the field of fractal geometry to help prove it, which included coining the word “fractal”. He later discovered the Mandelbrot set of intricate, never-ending fractal shapes, named in his honor.

Mandelbrot has been called a visionary and a maverick. His informal and passionate style of writing and his emphasis on visual and geometric intuition (supported by the inclusion of numerous illustrations) made The Fractal Geometry of Nature accessible to non-specialists. The book sparked widespread popular interest in fractals and contributed to chaos theory and other fields of science and mathematics.

The Theory of Roughness

Mandelbrot emphasized the use of fractals as realistic and useful models for describing many “rough” phenomena in the real world. He concluded that “real roughness is often fractal and can be measured.”

Dream Science

“Exploring this set I certainly never had the feeling of invention. I never had the feeling that my imagination was rich enough to invent all those extraordinary things on discovering them. They were there, even though nobody had seen them before. It’s marvelous, a very simple formula explains all these very complicated things. So the goal of science is starting with a mess, and explaining it with a simple formula, a kind of dream of science.” Benoit Mandelbrot

In memory of Benoit Mandelbrot (Mandelbrot Set zoom, planetarium proposal)

“Sufficient unto themselves.” Saijin

Image source: A Mandelbrot Set by Georg-Johann Lay – Own work, Computergraphical study of the critical point 0 of some polynomials under Newton’s method in the complex –plane. I, the copyright holder of this work, release this work into the public domain. This applies worldwide.

Capricorn 27° A mountain pilgrimage ~ PERSEVERANCE

“Devotion to happiness.”

Capricorn 27° A mountain pilgrimage ~ PERSEVERANCE

Mining our mountain

The mountain that we must conquer is the one inside of us—all of the baggage, psychological and emotional, which we have the divine opportunity to wade through, organize, analyze, embrace and release–shovelful by shovelful, we inspect for the gems that gives our own particular mountain its unfathomable worth. We cannot just shovel it away, we must mine it for its beauty. Of value in understanding would be a study of the actual mining process with its separation of tailings, the materials left over after the process of removing the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction or gangue of an ore. Study here: These we may release, retaining the gems, and unburden ourselves. This is what perseverance is all about—climbing and mining our own mountains. But what’s it all about? Where does it really get us to undertake such self-labor? The short answer: You want to be happy!

Deep psychological mechanisms

“Each one of you wishes to exercise your free will and experience happiness. Your free will depends upon the knowledge you have of your own power. Your happiness depends upon the love that you give and receive. …freedom is built every day as a being becomes aware of himself and of his environment, getting progressively rid of constraints and inertias, whatever they may be.”

Mining our own business

Let’s devote ourselves to mining our mountains, mining our own worth out of the rich experiences that have become our lives. And let us assist others, when asked and as they may so desire of us, if we are able and have something to contribute. Let us participate in the process of happiness for one and for all. We are mankind, after all…. As John Wayne would recommend to us, those on such a devoted journey, Pilgrims! “Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”

Snow White ~ Heigh Ho

“Devotion to happiness.” Saijin

Image source: Mt. Everest wallpaper

Capricorn 26° A water sprite ~ RESTLESSNESS

“Welcome all who enter here.”

Capricorn 26° A water sprite ~ RESTLESSNESS

What is a Japanese Share House? The Pros and the Cons of it by Donald

Everyone is different. The purpose of being together is to share whatever it is that we are. If I am the Smiley Guy, then I’m sharing “keep a cheerful attitude”. If I am the Question Mark Girl, then I am sharing my “continuing quest for understanding”. If I am the Sleepy Guy, then I am sharing “the need to rest and recuperate”. If I am the Ellipses Boy, then I am sharing the idea or essence of “what comes after is up to you”. If I am Mr. Exclamation Point Man, then I am sharing my “right to determine”. And if I am the Green Alien “Sprite”, then I am sharing “at the primal, animal level”. But the environment is one of pick and choose. You decide which or who to interact with. All are available, and all are fair game. If you resonate with it, then engage it—there is a value there calling to you. No shame! No blame!

The Share House is now open for business.

Lighten up and/or get along

All it takes is opening up your restless imagination and laying out a welcome mat and a sign that says, Open for business! (a little composure goes a long, long way..)

Fantasia – Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker – Arabian Dance

“Welcome all who enter here.” Saijin

Image: Japanese Share House graphic

Capricorn 25° A store filled with precious Oriental rugs ~ CONSIGNMENT

“As you choose, so shall it be.” Saijin

Capricorn 25° A store filled with precious Oriental rugs ~ CONSIGNMENT

Oriental carpets

How can they not be linked to the flying variety, to genies and magic lamps? Exquisite works of art. Always calling up the imagination and wonder. The patience involved! The skill! The craftsmanship! What do you think the most difficult part of weaving such a work of beauty might be? Is it as easy as rubbing the magic lamp? No, such folly! Of course to create one of these beauties would require years of practice and patience.

Life by comparison

And the Oriental rug dealer makes a suggestion: Put your work of art–the best you have to date–here with me, consignment. You can keep working on your skills, and I’ll do the best to get you situated in the perfect home–where you belong. Only, please, do not bring me anything you have not put your very best into.

So, what is your best?

Or, are you just fooling around? Imposters of the art of life are so easily identified. You’re not fooling anyone but yourself really. Give me your best, then continue on your quest. Leave what is done here. I will place it. You will be rewarded at the right time and right place, but only on condition of you continuing on your quest…. I suspect today’s septenary has very much to do with what we really want in life or out of life. Something to do with purpose or some ultimate fulfillment that we sent ourselves here for.

Tongue-tied, not tongue-in-cheek

We get tongue-tied, not wanting to commit, or being unable to articulate this unrelenting and unspeakable surety. We’re so sure about “it” that we are unwilling to commit to anything else. Still, we struggle with what “it” is. What do you want out of life? No tongue-in-cheek answer will suffice. What allures you to it?

If You Build It, He Will Come – Field of Dreams

“As you choose, so shall it be.” Saijin

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Capricorn 24° A woman entering a convent ~ CONSECRATION

“Gaining control over self.”

Capricorn 24° A woman entering a convent ~ CONSECRATION

“He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.” Lao Tzu

Standing aside to gain perspective

Solitude: a silent storm that breaks down all our dead branches, yet sends our living roots deeper into the living heart of the living earth. … A hermit renounces the world of fragments to enjoy the world wholly, without interruption. –Khalil Gibran, from Sand and Foam

Who not with others bides

And always lives alone,

If he’s not God himself,

Must into God have grown.

–Angelus Silesius, Solitude Divine, II, 202

What is not meant to happen will not happen, however much you wish it. What is meant to happen will happen, no matter what you do to prevent it. This is certain. Therefor the best path is to remain silent.

–Ramana Maharshi

You must have a room, or a certain hour or so a day, where you don’t know what was in the newspapers that morning, you don’t know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody, you don’t know what anybody owes to you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. This is the place of creative incubation. At first you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, something eventually will happen.

–Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth, p. 115

Returning ~ To make a difference

You’ve been there. You know. But let it build. See it at its worst. Be there. Then make the choice of a master in the midst of chaos. Be the calm.

Because of You – Kelly Clarkson

“Gaining control over self.” Saijin

Image source: Alice prepares to meet the Jabberwocky

Capricorn 23° Two awards for bravery in war ~ RECOGNITION

“Dealing with a paradox?”

Capricorn 23° Two awards for bravery in war ~ RECOGNITION

Stop selling yourself short

Some will, some won’t, so what. You’ve simply got to begin with the cat in the mirror. But don’t become a man-eating lion, for God’s sake! King of your jungle, yes–terrorist, no. Think Aslan or Lion King!

You’re worth more than that

But you didn’t really break any mold. You’re not that special. Sorry, but you are quite normal, actually. You did not reinvent the wheel with your “darkness”…. We’re talking here about imperfections. Some see darkness as good. It can be. In this context, however, we are speaking of imperfections. Hold that in mind for now. It’s really just the age old story which, seemingly, may be news to some. And the message is directed towards those who would hold you bound to your imperfections for eternity, including most importantly, yourself!

Your smallness does not serve

Simba hid, so did Elsa. Until they didn’t. So go on and get over yourself. Really. Seriously. Let out a roar and let all those low opinions of you go–no matter where they are coming from. Don’t get frozen in time just because you’ve got a few scrapes and bruises here and there. If you need another opinion, give it to yourself!

Who taught you about your worth/unworthiness/unworthiness, anyway?!

The absence of evidence is not the same as the evidence of absence. You just need to keep looking at yourself, into yourself, through yourself, beyond yourself…. There is a royal template upon which all of our smears, stains, and “unworthiness” appear. And those thoughts of unworthiness can be wiped clean. Just keep rubbing until your crown of thorns shows hints of a mane of gold. Don’t go too far though! Goodness, the last thing you need is a royal ego!

Ignorance is bliss, but let’s wise up!

Bliss is one extreme; misery, the other. Dare to be wise, begin, as Horace said. You are really quite normal! And that balance is the enduring and eternal quest we are on. So, rub your eyes or rub the mirror. Your worth is in your own hands. And for every effort you make in your own behalf, you are doubly-honored this day.

“Dealing with a paradox?” Saijin

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Capricorn 22° A general accepting defeat gracefully ~ EXPEDIENCY

“Onward! calls the greater quest.”

Capricorn 22° A general accepting defeat gracefully ~ EXPEDIENCY

A Study in Grace: Headquarters Appomattox C. H., Va., April 9th, 1865, 4:30 p.m.Hon. E. M. Stanton: Secretary of War, Washington.

General Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia this afternoon on terms proposed by myself. The accompanying additional correspondence will show the conditions fully. U. S. Grant, Lieut.-General

When news of the surrender first reached our lines our men commenced firing a salute of a hundred guns in honor of the victory. I at once sent word, however, to have it stopped. The Confederates were now our prisoners, and we did not want to exult over their downfall.

I determined to return to Washington at once, with a view to putting a stop to the purchase of supplies, and what I now deemed other useless outlay of money. Before leaving, however, I thought I would like to see General Lee again; so next morning I rode out beyond our lines towards his headquarters, preceded by a bugler and a staff-officer carrying a white flag.

Lee soon mounted his horse, seeing who it was, and met me. We had there between the lines, sitting on horseback, a very pleasant conversation of over half an hour, in the course of which Lee said to me that the South was a big country and that we might have to march over it three or four times before the war entirely ended, but that we would now be able to do it as they could no longer resist us. He expressed it as his earnest hope, however, that we would not be called upon to cause more loss and sacrifice of life; but he could not foretell the result. I then suggested to General Lee that there was not a man in the Confederacy whose influence with the soldiery and the whole people was as great as his, and that if he would now advise the surrender of all armies I had no doubt his advice would be followed with alacrity. But Lee said, that he could not do that without consulting the President first. I knew there was no use to urge him to do anything against his ideas of what was right.

I was accompanied by my staff and other officers, some of whom seemed to have a great desire to go inside the Confederate lines. They finally asked permission of Lee to do so for the purpose of seeing some of their old army friends, and the permission was granted. They went over, had a very pleasant time with their old friends, and brought some of them back with them when they returned.

When Lee and I separated he went back to his lines and I returned to the house of Mr. McLean. Here the officers of both armies came in great numbers, and seemed to enjoy the meeting as much as though they had been friends separated for a long time while fighting battles under the same flag. For the time being it looked very much as if all thought of the war had escaped their minds. After an hour pleasantly passed in this way I set out on horseback, accompanied by my staff and a small escort, for Burkesville Junction, up to which point the railroad had by this time been repaired.

  1. S. Grant, Personal Memoirs of U. S. Grant (New York, 1885), pages 555-560. [Painting: This is the famous Thomas Nast painting of Robert E. Lee surrendering to Ulysses S. Grant in the Appomattox courthouse.]

Frank Sinatra – My Way

“Onward! calls the greater quest.” Saijin

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Capricorn 21° A relay race ~ FITNESS

“Getting a grip on hand-offs.”

Capricorn 21° A relay race ~ FITNESS

At the Starting Block

Looking out at you
I see more within
Feelings inside-out
Thoughts outside in.

Mission Impossible?

Perhaps the reason we can’t forgive ourselves for our flaws is because we are refusing to allow another to forgive themselves for their flaws. We want to hold them accountable. We want to continue to blame them. And so, because of that limitation that we have imposed on other, we cannot with impunity, allow ourselves to forgive ourselves our imperfections. The divine I AM within will not allow such an injustice.

I Am, therefore, the task is possible.

Now, let’s call off all this silliness—this whining and complaining and griping–and get down to business. There is a task at hand. Let I Am roll!

You Say ‘Tomato’, I say ‘Tomato’…

“Getting a grip on hand-offs.” Saijin

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